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Art and Truth after Plato$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226040028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226040165.001.0001

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Hegel on Art and Spiritual Truth

Hegel on Art and Spiritual Truth

(p.146) Chapter Five Hegel on Art and Spiritual Truth
Art and Truth after Plato

Tom Rockmore

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses Hegel’s interest in art, art objects of the most varied kinds, and aesthetics expressed throughout most of his writings. In his first philosophical text, the Differenzschrift, Hegel calls attention to the fact that art, which has been detached from life, has been transformed into either superstition or entertainment, prefiguring the famous remark on the death of art that is explained in a later section of this chapter. Though he did not write a book on aesthetics, Hegel discusses art in some detail in both the Phenomenology and the Encyclopedia and delivered justly famous lectures on fine art. As recently as 1995, Hegel’s aesthetic views, very much like his view of the philosophy of history, had almost no echo in the aesthetic debate. This chapter presents a series of studies, however, that address Hegel’s aesthetic views in shifting the overall understanding of his contribution.

Keywords:   art, art objects, aesthetics, Hegel, superstition, entertainment

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